The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that impresses Tempe Mazda shoppers for so many reasons, it’s difficult to know where to start. The sharp external styling, striking interior and beautiful external paint hues set it apart from the competitors in a segment that’s full of dull and uninspiring SUVs. Drive the 2021 CX-5, and you’ll discover what really makes it stand out from rivals. The CX-5 drives like a sports sedan, with responsive steering and a firm suspension. The handling is agile, and the brakes provide a premium feel. The six-speed automatic transmission is fast, besting competitors equipped with disappointing CVTs. It’s easy to see why Car and Driver named the 2021 Mazda CX-5 one of its 10Best models of the year.
According to the Mazda dealers near Tempe, notable changes for 2021 include a new Carbon Edition model, which comes with red upholstery and unique Polymetal Gray paint. The top-spec Signature trim now has standard driver attention alert, a higher-definition 360-degree camera and rear automated emergency braking. Last year’s infotainment system is replaced by a new setup with a 10.3-inch touchscreen. The system includes a new Mazda Connect interface, Mazda Connected services with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a remote app, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Perhaps Car and Driver said it best when it wrote: “In a segment that doesn't always share our values, the genius of the CX-5 is that it transcends its kind. It's imbued with the feel of a performance vehicle, but it's also practical, refined, and thoughtfully designed. Even the indifferent will notice the difference. Like all 10Best winners, this Mazda opens eyes and gets people to say, "Whoa. So this is why you're into cars."
If you’ve been looking for a compact SUV with class-leading styling, you’ll want to take a good look at the 2021 Mazda CX-5. On the inside, the CX-5 features an ergonomic design and a sophisticated cabin that’s unmatched by rivals. But the CX-5 isn’t all about looks. Get behind the wheel, and you’ll be treated to the CX-5’s sporty and refined driving dynamics. For good reason, Car and Driver named the 2021 Mazda CX-5 one of its 10Best models. It’s no surprise why the CX-5 is such a popular model at the Scottsdale Mazda dealership and at dealers across the country.
There are several significant changes this year, including an upgraded infotainment setup. A new 10.3-inch touchscreen replaces the outgoing model’s 7-inch display. According to the Mazda dealer in Scottsdale, the infotainment system includes Mazda Connected Services, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the new Mazda Connect interface. The CX-5 gets a new Carbon Edition model that’s wrapped in Polymetal Gray paint and features red seating. The top-of-the-line Signature trim now comes with standard driver-attention alert, rear automated emergency braking, and a higher-definition 360-degree camera.
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 gets favorable reviews from the automotive media. Car and Driver writes: “When it comes to compact crossovers, it’s easy to see why the 2021 Mazda CX-5 wins the SUV equivalent of Best-in-Show. Not only does it boast beautifully sculpted bodywork, its interior is just as interesting to the eyes. Of course, Mazda has shown us that its attention to detail is more than skin-deep, with thoughtful ergonomics and engaging driving dynamics.”
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is available in six trim levels: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Powering all trims except the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 187 hp and 186 lb-ft. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims employ a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. With 93-octane gasoline, this powerplant is good for 250 hp and 320 lb-ft. With regular gas, it can achieve 227 hp and 310 lb-ft. The CX-5 Carbon Edition gets the turbo-four as an option. A six-speed automatic gearbox connects to both engines, and there’s a choice between front- and all-wheel drive.
The CX-5 is very fuel-efficient, with an EPA-estimated 35 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the standard powerplant and front-wheel drive.* With all-wheel drive, this engine gets 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway. The turbocharged engine returns 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
Buyers looking for a family vehicle want to know it’s safe. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 was named a Top Safety Pick+ model by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the highest rating of Good in every crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CX-5 its best overall safety score of five stars.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.